Astronomical Affects
curated by Anastasia Hare

OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, January 7, 6 - 9 PM

“The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.” - Einstein

With Astronomical Affects, Lynn Christine Kelly has created a mixed media installation that reflects on the affect the universe exerts on the creative processes of the human race.  She considers past, present, and future possibilities; in effect, the time space continuum.   Kelly’s exhibition incorporates mobiles, paintings, sculptures, and lights in a darkened space that draws you in and transports you. Curator, Anastasia Hare, in her curatorial essay, Astronomical Affects, writes,

As we travel the gallery, we could even become integral to the installation, as the one extra particle of matter that remained. In this sense, macro and micro conflate in Astronomical Affects. Kelly simultaneously evokes the comets and stars of vast cosmos, and the minuscule structures that compose absolutely everything.

Considering the impact the skies above have had and continue to have on our creative processes, Kelly says “As science shows us a world never previously even imaginable, it opens up more than one universe of possibilities”. She’s not concerned with whether or not there's life out there so much as the idea that human beings are still enamored with space, that final frontier, and more than ever have a need to know and explore the universe and otherworldly possibilities.

Not since the days of Galileo and the first astronomical telescopes have the discoveries of astronomy so deeply impressed themselves upon the lay psyche.

- Dr. Michael Reid, Assistant Professor, Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics, University of Toronto

About the curator:  Anastasia Hare earned her undergraduate degree in Art History and Studio Art from Concordia University; and a graduate degree in Art History and diploma in Curatorial Studies from York University.

About the artist:  Lynn Kelly is a Toronto-based artist working in painting, sculpture, and installation. She has exhibited in Canada, New York, and London; her work is in public and corporate collections in Canada and private collections worldwide.  She holds an Honours BFA in Drawing and Painting from OCAD University and an MA in Fine Art from the Chelsea College of Art and Design. Kelly currently lives and works in Toronto.

Click here for a pdf of the invitation card

Anastasia  Hare's essay was informed by conversations with Lynn Kelly; and writing  and lectures by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stephen W. Hawking, and Michio  Kaku. Click here for a pdf of the leaflet and essay

Lynn Kelly gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Arts Council for their support of this exhibition.

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